Progress on the Depot construction front! This past week we finished trenching to connect our water line and got rid of a pesky slope and some extraneous concrete walls so we could grade a temporary roadway. It is so fun to watch a bulldozer in action.
The Depot welcomes a host of new faces, experiences, and officers to our board. All of those involved are focused on community, art, design, history or printing.
Peter Bergman, an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at MSU Denver, who was been with the Depot project since the start, is our new president. Jason Wedekind, a stalwart board member and principal of Genghis Kern Design and Letterpress has taken on the role of Vice President. Brad Hammond, a Certified fraud examiner at CBIZ HMH, LLC, is our new treasurer. Other new board members include; Alexandra Jimenez, program director at the Platte Forum; Kim Morski, printmaker and artist book maker; Mike Ruberto, a Professor in the Multimedia Graphic Design department at Front Range Community College; Marc Silberman, a printer with strong philatelic bent; and Ian Van Mater, a MAC expert at Apple.
Staying with us are Alicita Rodriguez, Wilson Thomas, executive director Tom Parson and secretary Patti Parson.
We are forever grateful to those board members who are leaving – Lonnie Smith, David Ashley, Karen Jones and Jimi Bernath – for all the support they have provided and continue to do so.
Students from Front Range Community College got to learn about letterpress while designing their own business cards. Depotians and master printers Tom Parson and Peter Bergman lent a hand in the Metro State University of Denver print shop, as did their teacher Mike Ruberto, who also is on the Depot board. Spreading the word about letterpress and getting ink on everyone's hands is in the DNA of the Letterpress Depot - so we look forward to leading more workshops. Email us for details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WWBD workshop - What Would Brad Vetter Do - was a weekend of pressure plate printing, wood type, ice cream (in honor of Hamilton) and a lot of fun. A $200 level perk for the Pressing On film, it brought people from around the country to Denver. Jason Wedekind, Tom Parson and Jeff Shepherd filled in for Brad at Genghis Kern. Slideshow of the printers and their work below.
Great day @Genghis Kern with Jason, Tom Parson and Peter Bergman teaching letterpress
Dec. 6; 1 - 4 pm FREE ADMISSION
Join us for the annual Book Arts League Holiday Open House. We’ll have letterpress printing and book arts demonstrations, including hands-on printing of letterpress demonstration in our historic print shop. We will have cards and books, posters and scrap bags, miniature books and ornaments for sale. Enjoy refreshments, tour the historic buildings, and come see the new improvements to the Farmhouse, all funded by the Book Arts League! All ages welcome.
Ewing Farmhouse, 1915 N 95th Street, Lafayette
Please park on Prairie Ridge Drive, see Map on website at http://www.bookartsleague.org/map/
Karen Jones has helped curate a list of Colorado artifacts. Now you can vote on your favorite--will it be a tofu pot? or a Civil War flag? See all of them and vote at https://collectioncare.auraria.edu/content/colorados-2015-most-significant-artifacts
Come by and say hello
Cherry Creek Arts Festival - July 3-4-5 - 10 am, all day
at Tam O'Neill Fine Art, 311 Detroit Street
Join us for letterpress printing fun & poster sale to benefit the depot
Volunteers needed, no experience necessary! - info 720-480-5358
Rocky Mountain Book & Paper Fair
- Friday July 31 (2-9 pm), Saturday August 1 (10 am - 5 pm)
at the Denver Mart, I-25 and 58th
Join us for antiquarian books, letterpress printing demos, book arts exhibits and sales
Typecon 2015 Conference - August 12-16
at the Sheraton Denver Downtown
On Friday August 14 the Englewood Letterpress Depot will host a tour of five printshops, transportation provided. Join us to print a poster at each stop along the way.
While construction is under way on the Depot we have begun to offer workshops at nearby studios. Individual letterpress and bookarts classes are now available on all levels. Press-repair, advice on supplies & equipment, demonstrations and hands-on experience with a variety of presses and techniques – say what you need! Proposals and instructors welcome! Check our website for other available workshops in the community.
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Participation in any Depot workshop also includes membership. Members are who we are, our support & actual caretakers of our project – with all our resources, our presses, type, our library and collections, and our future! We are a living museum.
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Your participation is needed! We need heavy lifters and experienced thinkers, we need obsessively focused sorters and record-keepers, indexers, researchers, talented hands, teachers & learners, printers & gardeners, librarians, historians & artists & writers, wild ideas & deliberate proposals, docents & greeters & fun personalities. What are your talents? What are your interests? Tell us your experience & desire, your available wish.
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From design bookbinding to intricately detailed sculptures made from books to monumental installations featuring books, this exhibition showcases a variety of works of art inspired by books.The juror is book artist Alicia Bailey who also is the owner of Abecedarian Gallery in Denver
To complement the juried portion of the exhibition, FAC invited several highly accomplished book artists who are truly doing exceptional work in the field.Invited artists include Brian Dettmer, Monique Lallier, Adele Outteridge, Susan Porteous, and Claire Van Vliet. Many of these books contain great letterpress texts. Hope you will check it out. Foothills Art Center
After taking workshops with the Depot, German Murillo of the Antique Photography Studio wrote two wonderful blogs
- 20 steps to creating a Christmas card, from making the paper with Ray Tomasso, learning to print at a Depot workshop, burning polymer plates with Tom Parson and sewing the card with wife and daughter http://antiquephotostudio.blogspot.com/2014/12/merry-christmas-and-beautiful-new-year.html
- on the the experience of letterpress and of Depot workshops: http://antiquephotostudio.blogspot.com/2014/12/aboard-letterpress-experience.html
Treats for the holidays!
Letterpress printing does not always have to begin with metal type. If you have a fragile type you don't want to wear out, if you want to use a computer-generated font, if you have a large amount of type to set and your composing stick hand is tired, you can use photopolymer plates. Above a student in a Depot workshop is washing out the plate after it has been exposed. To see the whole process check out Tom Parson's pictures on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/79988210@N00/sets/72157647162502923/ or call him to schedule an individual workshop 720-480-5358.
The Vandercook press was the center of attention at the second session of the Depot's Traveling Workshop held at Metro State University of Denver. Tom Parson (above) and Peter Bergman (in slideshow below) worked with Victoria Adams-Kotsch, Megan Duffy, Cristy Fernandez, Emily Lennon, German Murillo, Bradley Wacjman and Jen Wisler.
Interested in workshops? volunteering? landscaping? donating? email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Woohoo we’re official! This week we received final confirmation from IRS that the Letterpress Depot is a non profit –a 501(c)(3). We’ve been “pending” since November. That means all donations to us are now officially tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Thanks to Executive Director Tom Parson for tackling the application, and our wonderful active board for helping see it all through: President Lonnie Smith; Vice-President Jason Wedekind; board members David Ashley, Peter Bergman, Jim Bernath, Karen Jones, and Wilson Thomas, and me, the secretary and blogger.
But we could use some extra hands and heads. We are looking for someone familiar with accounting (CPA?) who could volunteer some time. And an affordable licensed contractor who would like to work on a project such as the Depot. Not to mention some help on lawn maintenance as needed (Lonnie and wife Sandy, Wilson, Tom and I have all been down with the grass and the weeds—thanks!)
In other news, the traveling workshop has started (for some pix from that, click on Workshops at the top of the page). And Tom and Patti just came back from the ATF Conference in Salem, New Hampshire. No, that’s not an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms reunion but rather the American Typecasting Fellowship (a nod to the American Type Founders of past renown). It’s a biannual gathering of all those interested in type- and line-casting and it was just a fascinating bunch to be with. Frank Romano, director of the Museum of Printing in North Andover, Massachusetts was the generous host, and ATF founder and guiding spirit Rich Hopkins regaled the crowd with tales of how he acquired all his casters. There was one particularly gruesome image of old monotype casters being forklifted into dumpsters when Rich couldn’t fit all 12 being discarded into his pickup—or his shop. Frank and Rich also had a lively duel on monotype versus linotype: their expertise also clear in their gorgeous books – Rich’s Tolbert Lanston and the Monotype (http://bit.ly/1wzriQp) and Frank’s History of the Linotype Company (http://amzn.to/1pd7JJS) - two must-haves for anyone interested in printing and type history. These will be in our depot library collection!
Also speaking at the conference - Frank Brannon of Speakeasy Press who has been working with Ed Rayher of Swamp Press to cast type of the Cherokee language. Frank came across a syllabary of the language that Sequoyah created in 1821 and it became his life’s passion to get it cast and spread the knowledge. Ed took up the challenge. Now it is being used in North Carolina to pass on the language as well as the art of printing.
Two apprentices from M&H Type —Mark Sagianis and Chris Godek – told of their adventures being thrown into the world of casting. The apprentices there have to commit to 4 years at minimum wage, and then they are expected to stay on afterwards. Their enthusiasm and sheer joy about their work was infectious.
Greg Walters of Piqua, Ohio described the challenges of casting 120 point type Cloister Initials on a huge pivotal caster obtained at the American Type Founders auction in 1993; Stan Nelson(formerly with the Smithsonian) described and demonstrated his molds for hand-casting type; Bill Welliver gave a full update on his system for computer interface with the Monotype composition caster - there were talks on just about every type of casting equipment, a swap meet and auction, endless delicious food (including one unforgettable 5 course Italian dinner) and connections with wonderful typenuts all around the world.
Below: Gary Gregory who prints as Ben at the Old North Church; George Hamilton who flew in from Austria; Bill Welliver with slides of his work; Stan Nelson and Rich Hopkins; Tom, Gary, and Stan; and Sky Shipley and some of the fonts he has cast at Skyline Type Foundry.
Things have been very busy in Depot-land. Our traveling workshop, which starts next weekend, sold out in one week - 7 students, 4 teachers, 4 printshops, 4 days. More workshops to come in the future. Tom Parson also held his first one-on-one workshop - $100 for 4 hours. If interested, email us at email@example.com.
The Book & Paper Fair (slideshow below) was a wonderful time for all-things Book Arts. Tom printed, David Ashley calligraphed names, and Karen Jones explained book conservation. The Depot, the Colorado Calligraphers Guild, the Guild of Bookworkers and Book Arts League all were represented. It was a great time to meet others interested in book arts, and spread the word about the Depot. This past weekend, Tom and I again printed - this time at a birthday party, where guests were encouraged to join, and several did.
On the building end, meetings with architects, civil engineers and others ongoing; some weed-whacking and planting too. If you'd like to volunteer for anything - trenching, re-orienting leaks, putting together shelves, helping with the next event, or if you know an accountant/CPA who might volunteer their skills - email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you missed PBS NewsHour's coverage of Arion Press, check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta6h2OZV2z4
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PBS NewsHour went behind-the-scenes with Arion Press to watch these fine art printers put together their 100th book - a remake of Leaves of Grass.
for closeups of Arion's machines including its line of Monotype machines below, check out